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July 27, 2006

Jupiter's colliding storms

NASA photo of the storms of Jupiter

For more than 300 years (ever since we've had telescopes) we've been watching an unimaginably huge storm on the surface of Jupiter. Known as the Great Red Spot, it's an anti-cyclonic storm as much as three times the size of the entire earth.

It now looks like the second biggest storm on Jupiter (lovingly known as "Red Spot Jr."), may merge into the Great Red Spot, as early as in the next few days. NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day had a great image of the storms earlier this week.

This has no practical effect on us here on Earth of course, but if it happens it'll make for some kick-ass time-lapse videos.

Posted by Chris Spurgeon at July 27, 2006 04:04 AM